LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — With the distinction of being the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Central Florida (and one of only three in Florida), Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa continues to raise the bar.
The award-winning dining room is adding a new Chef’s Degustation Menu, a series of 10 small courses featuring some of Chef Scott Hunnel’s favorite dishes inspired by the seasons and by his world travels to Asia, Spain, Italy and France. The seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu will remain, and the kitchen will continue to meld tradition with innovative cuisine “for an avant-garde culinary journey,” says Israel Perez, maître d’hôtel.
Other big changes include a focus on food-and-wine pairings in the adjacent Queen Victoria Room. With just eight seats, diners will be offered Chef Hunnel’s 10-course menu paired with exclusive wines from Victoria & Albert’s impressive wine cellar.
“The wine pairings will be exclusive to the private room, and we want to enlighten our guests about how the chef and sommelier work together to perfectly pair food and drink,” says Perez.
The restaurant is recognized by Wine Spectator magazine with an “Award of Excellence,” and with more than 700 selections on the menu and 4,200 in the cellar, the sommeliers can match any of Hunnel’s imaginative creations.
Adding the 10-course menu in the main dining room creates a more leisurely dining experience, and other special tableside touches have been added, such as a cheese trolley, tableside butter carving and a custom chocolate box for selecting post-prandial sweets.
The popular Chef’s Table, tucked in a cozy kitchen alcove with a front-row seat for watching the action in the kitchen, continues to offer 10 to 13 courses, small tastes of everything from caviar to Japanese Wagyu beef, paired with wine and spirits. The dinner lasts nearly four hours, the time filled with delectable tastes and conversations with the chef and his team.
“Diners now have a choice of three distinct dining experiences with food-and-wine pairings in Queen Victoria Room, two menus in the main dining room and the Chef’s Table in the kitchen,” says Perez. “Whichever they choose, they will enjoy the finest quality ingredients and impeccable service.”
Geared to diners ages 10 an older, the seven-course menu is $185 ($250 with wine pairings); the 10-course menu is $235 ($340 with wine pairings). Dinner in the Queen Victoria Room is $340, and includes 10 courses paired with wine. The Chef’s Table in the kitchen is $250. The restaurant is open daily for dinner. For reservations, call 407-939-3862. Jackets are required for men.
Victoria & Albert’s Awards:
AAA Five Diamond Award awarded consecutively since 2000
Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awarded consecutively since 2010
Mobil Travel Guide (Now the Forbes Travel Guide) Four Star 1990 – 2009
Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence awarded consecutively since 2004
Honored Consecutive Years:
Santé Restaurant Awards
Florida Trend Golden Spoon Hall of Fame—American Regional
Zagat Awards – Orlando’s Best Restaurants List; National Top Ten Restaurants List
Orlando Magazine Golden Palm Award
Orlando Magazine Dining Hall of Fame – Chef Scott Hunnel
Orlando Home & Leisure Silver Spoon Awards
Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards
The Quarterly Review of Wines DiRona Award
Florida Home and Garden
Food & Wine
Disney dining has evolved to meet the discriminating taste of its guests, offering innovative, fun and healthful dining choices. Disney delivers everything from stellar, award-winning dining experiences to immersive dining that transports guests into cherished stories. There are more than 450 places to eat at Walt Disney World Resort, including fine dining in unforgettable settings, Disney character dining and quick-service restaurants. Behind-the-scenes innovation leads the way with allergy-friendly menus at up to 120 quick-service and table-service locations. Walt Disney World Resort also is one of the largest single-site purveyors of wine, with more Level One sommeliers than any other company in the world. Each year, Disney’s culinary team creates fresh dishes and new beverage choices for special events including the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. For more information and to make reservations visit www.disneyworld.com/dine.